Hi everyone,

welcome to the February 2023 edition of #fridaygeotrivia!

Traditionally on the final Friday of month we run a social media geotrivia contest. Due to some unavoidable travel, this month we will have to push back by a week. We will play on Friday, the 3rd of March, at 17:00 Berlin time, 4pm London time, 11am New York time.

We will again be playing on Mastodon, just as we did the past two months. As always, after the game is over we post the answers and winners here on the blog.

For more background on #fridaygeotrivia you may enjoy this interview with our friends at Geoawesomeness about the game (bearing in mind of course that the article references the old twitter way of playing).

How to play

Anyone can join in, you just need a Mastodon account.

  • Follow us on Mastodon, our account is @opencage@en.osm.town

  • When the game starts we will post the question here on the blog and on Mastodon, and will embed the Mastodon question here. We highly recommend using a mastodon client you feel comfortable with. In the last month we’ve discovered and made the switch to the Elk client and are loving it, but use whtever works for you.

  • Reply to the question thread on Mastodon (it will be embedded below) using the hashtag #fridaygeotrivia in your answer.

  • Only one answer per response (don’t stuff multiple answers into a single reply).

  • Our definiton of “country” is any place with an ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code. Read more background about ISO and country codes in our guide.

  • To get full points for an answer it is good form not just to name the relevant country but (if possible) to include the emoji flags of the country.

  • While you can use a map, please do NOT use the internet to just search for an answer. That is cheating and will lead to seriously bad geokarma.

Some people have complained that the format is a bit chaotic and hard to follow. Yes. The mad chaos is part of the fun. Embrace it. The goal is just to have fun and learn. We win by playing


#fridaygeotrivia is a game with two prizes:

  1. the sheer joy of geographic knowledge and pedantry.

  2. the bragging rights of getting the answer first.

The February 2023 geotrivia question:

Name countries that share a land border and whose common names start with the same first letter.

An example is Iraq and Iran:


Remember: to get the points you need the #fridaygeotrivia hashtag AND the emoji flags of the countries. And only one answer (pair of countries) per response.

The #fridaygeotrivia Mastodon thread:

The winner

Congrats to Colin Angus!

This month’s geotrivia answer:

  • Armenia / Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh / Burma (Myanmar)
  • Benin / Burkina Faso
  • Bolivia / Brazil
  • Cameroon / Central African Republic / Chad
  • Cameroon / Congo-Kinshasa / Congo-Brazzaville
  • Central African Republic / Congo-Kinshasa / Congo-Brazzaville
  • Guinea / Guniea-Bissau
  • Iran / Iraq
  • Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia / Lithuania
  • Malawi /Mozambique
  • Mali / Mauritania
  • Niger / Nigeria
  • South Sudan / Sudan
  • Zambia / Zimbabwe
We gave a half point for
  • Somalia / Somaliland (Somaliland is not widely recognized)
  • Mauritania / Morocco (disputed / seperated by the Moroccan Western Sahara Berm)
We gave five points for the creativity of
  • Argentina / Australia
  • New Zealand / Norway
which all "border" each other due to their claims in Antarctica

Thanks for playing,